• Jo Daviess
  • Carroll
  • Whiteside

Select one of the Northwest Illinois counties
above to view its recreational areas.

Calendar of Events

To learn more about events happening in Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside counties' recreation sites, view the links below.

Rivers to Ridges is a network of outdoor recreation sites in northwest Illinois. The network covers sites in three counties bordering the upper Mississippi River: Jo Daviess, Carroll and Whiteside. Nineteen sites are ready for visitors now; dozens of additional ones will be included as properties are improved and amenities added.

These sites offer glimpses into the incredible natural beauty of this corner of Illinois. They beckon visitors and residents to tread lightly on the region's unique geology: towering bluffs, rugged hills and valleys, ever-changing rivers and flood plains. While dedicated to conserving and preserving wildlife and natural habitats, Rivers to Ridges invites you to respectfully experience these sites up close.

"We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while."
- Willa Cather, Novelist